New year, same you

By Milcah Tefera

“Ten, nine, eight, seven, six…Happy New Year!” The ball has finally dropped and everyone breaks out into a joyful cheer. It’s finally 2017, which means it’s the time of year that many people desire to improve themselves, their lives, and relationships through resolutions.

According to historians, the ancient Babylonians are said to be the first people to ever make New Year’s resolutions, some 4,000 years ago. They were also the first to ever hold recorded celebrations in honor of the new year. So why, after thousands of years, do we still hold onto a constructed concept?

Since the idea of resolving and changing ourselves has become an unavoidable part of the transition into the new year, New Year’s resolutions continue to thrive on. Even though, according to Statistic Brain, only 8% of New Year’s resolutions are kept.

Social media has played a large and fairly new role in New Years. If you’ve been on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook even a week before New Year’s Eve, you’re bound to see numerous posts from people stating their New Year’s resolutions. Posting your goals for the upcoming year isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but truthfully, not many people actually care. Senior Eduardo Herrera expands on this belief, stating: “you should keep it [your resolution] to yourself because that’s your goal, and you should just be able to do it by yourself.”

Although a majority of people don’t follow through with their New Year’s resolutions, these goals can give hope and positive motivation to many, to achieve new heights. Since it is such a milestone holiday, many use New Years at a chance at a fresh start. Some might even say: “New year, new me!”

Once the clock strikes 12 it is officially a new year, which means a new chapter opens up in our lives. And sure, that could mean washing your hands clean of the previous year and its happenings. However, when the clock finally does strike 12, you don’t automatically morph into a different person. New mindset or not, you’re still you.

Happy New Year, happy same you. Photo courtesy of Fresh Wallpapers.

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